First stop, Kuala Lumpur! We stayed in Mingle @High street hostel for £10 per night in a 4 bed mixed dorm. This was a edgy hostel that kind of looked not finished but had a real cool vibe to it! We walked to China Town and the market and enjoyed street food for £1.50, Super cheap! There was a lot of fake bags, clothes & watches Etc that you could haggle for a good deal.
The Petronas towers did not disappoint! They’re amazing to see, If you wait until dark to see them lit up there is a water show in the park that’s pretty nice to watch. Also If you love Nandos like us you can enjoy a huge meal with a bottomless drink for just £6/£7 each!
Top tip! Taxis here are pretty expensive, download Grabb for the cheapest way to get around.
Another sight to see in KL is Batu Cave, It is free to visit and so worth the endless stairs. Watch out for the monkeys! They roam around at the top and also run around on the stairs, we didn’t have any issue with them however be careful 🐒
Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (George Town).
We had to get a Grabb from our hostel to the bus terminal a 30 minute drive away (£3.50 P/P). The bus took 5 hours and cost £5 each, we pre booked this online the day before. Once we arrived in Penang we had to get another Grabb from the bus terminal to our hostel in George Town (£4 P/P). Take note that the Grabb price on the app didn’t include the Toll, this was added onto the total price at the end of the journey (9 Ringgit).
We struggled to find something to do in the day so visited The Glow In the dark art museum. We booked this online and paid only £3.50 each, they were charging £10 on the door. This only took around 20 minutes to walk around however it was pretty cool.
I have been honest about our trip so far, so I will give you my honest opinion on Penang. We could not see the attraction what so ever.. it was dirty, we felt unsafe and there was hardly anything to do. We chose not to stay in Penang any longer, we stayed our second night as it was pre booked and moved onto Langkawi. Although very cheap, we did not enjoy our time In Penang. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who’s planning to backpack Malaysia.
A taxi,bus,boat & finally one last taxi.. 7 hours later we have finally reached Langkawi! The island is absolutely beautiful!
After a day or 2 of shocking weather we hired motorbikes (£6 Per day). We drove to 7 Wells waterfall, you park at the bottom and then take the 600+ steps up to the top waterfall. The top waterfall was pretty nice however there is one half the distance up which is insanely beautiful! (1st picture: Middle waterfall, 2nd picture: Top waterfall). We got caught in a huge storm so couldn’t drive to our next waterfall as the roads were dangerously slippery.
Island hopping! After making several friends in the hostel we decided to go on a 4 hour private boat trip. In total there were 10 of us each paying 30 Ringit (£6). We were taken to a private beach which was disappointingly very dirty then onto the eagle bay before finishing on another beach. We had a good day because we had good company however these boat trips never seem to be as good as they sound.
uala Lumpur Pt.2
We got a flight back to Kuala Lumpur for Pierces Birthday. We booked an Airbnb which was absolutely lush, we paid £20 each per night for the entire apartment. The apartment also had access to an amazing roof top infinity pool, I will put the link below so you can check it out. We visited Sunway Lagoon, this was a real fun day! Sunway Lagoon is a water, theme, Adrenaline and wildlife park all in one. As mentioned before about the difference in price for foreigners, we paid 75 ringgit extra each just because we are not Malaysian citizens. We finished our evening with roof top cocktails at the top of our apartment in The Hemisphere Bar.
For our 2 weeks in Malaysia we spent £455 per person, this includes all accommodation, travel, activities and spending money.
Overall i I would say Malaysia is a great place to travel, definitely give Penang a miss or use it as a one night stop off to Langkawi. Langkawi was incredible and we were never short of something to do, Kuala Lumpur has its rough patches however the centre where the Petronas Towers are is very nice. We found our time in Malaysia to be a lot cheeper than Thailand and less touristy.
Malaysia it was a pleasure 👌🏻